Just a Wee Little Garden
After much sighing, debating, and chewing of lip, we have decided to go with a small garden this year, instead of the normal quarter acre that we have done for the past 4 years. As most of you know, I damaged my ankle back in October and finally had surgery in February. The recovery has been longer than expected, and is still not complete. Also, we are behind….well, in nearly everything this year. We haven’t done the normal spring cleaning where we go through the house and the property and get rid of stuff – donate, recycle, garbage. We haven’t cleared out the corrals of the winter poo (partly because it keeps freezing at least once a week) and spread said poo on the garden area to be tilled in. We haven’t fixed that busted outdoor water pipe (again freezing temperatures). I could go on about the list of stuff that needs to be done, but you would be bored. Who wants to read a boring post like that?
In addition to all that stuff, My Main Man will be taking the basic EMT course this summer at the college where he works. That course is 10 weeks long, and consists of 3 eight hour days a week (Th, F, & S). He’ll still be working 40 hours. He will still have the commute. So, I will get to see him Sundays. Sort of. He will need sleep, food, and study time for the EMT class. This is a very worthy goal, but also means that I will be handling all the housework and farm work for those 10 weeks.
And this brings us back to the garden. We have a berry patch, and this year I am going to add perhaps 5 squash plants, maybe some beans or peas, and some container tomatoes. Potatoes are still a possibility. This berry patch is watered, in part, by our laundry water. So, that makes it easy to keep the garden watered. Don’t frown, I use the 7th Generation earth friendly stuff, and yes, I will rinse my food before I eat it. Or serve it to you.
Before M3’s EMT class starts June 1st, we need to take care of a few things. Chicken coops will be cleaned, that arroyo will be fenced, and a chicken fence will be put around my berry garden. We also plan to set aside a weekend to take care of that broken water pipe. It may not take a whole weekend, but we won’t know until it is done and back in service. Hopefully, we will also get a good day in of helping my parents with their slow move from Espanola to Abiquiu. Lots of furniture and boxes of books and looms to haul up there.
While I will miss having my large garden to tend to daily, I had a great sense of relief once the decision was made. We can do the large garden next year and use that space this year for intermittent grazing by the goats and donkeys. We are also thinking about breeding the goats in the fall, as we decided to take this season off do to my semi-crippled state.
Hope you enjoy the gratuitous farm pictures.